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Poor Communication Between Doctors Costs Patients’ Lives

Although medical experts explain communication failures between doctors are disturbingly common, a new article in The Washington Post reports “Coordinated care, touted as the key to better, more cost-effective care, is being encouraged through financial rewards and penalties under the 2010 health-care overhaul, as well as by private insurers.” An estimated 44,000 to 98,000 deaths result from medical errors that are caused by patients’ reliance on multiple caregivers. Hospital administrators are trying to boost coordination and teamwork among healthcare providers to ensure the well-being of patients.

Read it in The Washington Post.